Donald Novak Ph.D.

Global Practitioner

A seasoned leadership consultant and executive coach, Donald is a founding director of The Exetor Group and is currently serving in the role of Partner Emeritus. He brings to the company a holistic approach to serving executive clients and specializes in helping them (and their teams) to develop their leadership qualities.

Before coming to The Exetor Group, Donald spent more than 20 years providing top-level curriculum design, program and organization development, consulting, facilitation, and one-on-one coaching.

His clients have included AirBnB, Airbus, Alcoa, Aon, Argonne National Laboratory, BMG Entertainment, Cargill, Columbia School of Public Health, eBay, Egon Zehnder International, Emerson Collective, Facebook, GE Information Systems, GE Capital, GTCR, Gylcom, H. A. Simons, Hellman & Friedman, Johns Hopkins’ Careys’ School of Business, Kind Healthy Snacks, KKR, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pfizer, PepsiCo, Qvartz, RCF, RFS, ServiceNow, Siemens, SNC Lavalin, Spencer Stuart, TPG, University of Virginia’s Darden Business School, Velcro, WPP, ZS as well as others.

He engages in pro bono work as well for such organizations as hospice and for The Nature Conservancy.

  • B.A. in psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.A. in interpersonal communication, University of Denver
  • M.S.W. in counseling, University of Denver
  • Ph.D. in organizational communication, University of Denver
  • Leadership Circle Profile Certified

Donald’s ability to provide leaders with deep insights about how their mindset and behavior impact those they lead helps to release latent potential.  He brings a positive bias toward transformational change to the Exetor Group.